Color My Yogurt

Apparently the mystery is solved: I ate an unripe hachiya persimmon whereas I should have eaten a fully ripened or fuyu persimmon. I think from now on instead of hear about the 25 reasons I could be dying from WebMD I’ll just ask the blogger world. Dare I go back and try another? I think this experience has scared me off for now and I will stick with the dried persimmons in my granola. Well when I said I was dragging yesterday, I was reeaaallly dragging. I reached for the only caffeine I keep around after I posted.

Cola Zevia

Well that picked me up. I straightened up a bit around here; there seem to be papers and books everywhere. What is this? A dorm during finals period?! Oh wait… haha :-) Dr. Phil was on Oprah; I can’t really stand him on his own show but somehow Oprah made him tolerable. I must admit I love some of his expressions: “dogpiling in the foyer” If anyone can explain that to me, they get bonus points. My hunger definitely subsided after the persimmon incident and I wasn’t feeling too snacky in the afternoon. There was one thing I didn’t mind having, though.

Plain Soy Yogurt With Peanut Sundrops

Omnomnomnom. I love this soy yogurt with milk chocolate peanut butter cups, so having it with milk chocolate coated peanuts was just as good! It was so nice and sweet and salty and delicious. But what I really loved here was how the colors ran and made the yogurt orange and yellow and purple. It may sound silly, but once and a while since going all-natural I miss the fun food colors and playing with those, and most natural food dyes cost an arm and a leg. This reminded me of how ugly cookies get when you bake them with M&M’s in them :-)

Like I said, I wasn’t very snacky in the afternoon, so I had no problem holding off until dinner when I could try out my new purchase.

Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce

I think I’m starting to like Indian food. Or at least start to crave it, because it was on my mind all through Whole Foods. I really wanted to make a chickpea dish but the dining hall didn’t have those, so instead I got carrots and broccoli and diced half of one of my sweet potatoes and let that “simmer” in the microwave at a low power. I served that along side some lemon and lime salmon also from Whole Foods

Vegetable Tikka Masala, Lemon And Lime Salmon

The salmon(which was like 1.50 off the salad bar, wahoo bargains!) surprisingly did taste like lemon and lime. Sprite, anyone? With enough salt, though, it got back to its fishy roots. I liked the vegetables, but the sauce was a bit too mild? I know it says “England’s favorite mild curry sauce” but I was expecting their mild to be a bit more. Oh well, I’ll have to step it up next time!

I loved loved loved Survivor last night. it was the auction episode, which I’m always a fan of. It’s also such a good sign you’re getting towards the end of the season and can see who the real playa’s are. I had a (very repetitive) snack.

Oikos With Crushed Sunspire Peanut Milk Chocolate Drops

These mini Oikos cups are… mini, but they’re perfect for when you just want the topper and could care less about the yogurt ;-) Have I mentioned I’m now obsessed with the milk chocolate covered peanuts? I’m writing in to Trader Joe’s to request it(literally). Since there was no Grey’s, I was able to watch The Office and 30 Rock on their regular time. Neither of them had me loling, but at least I don’t have to worry about watching them online now. Then I got really random for Leno.

Toast With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie, Double Chocolate Pillow, Advent Chocolate, Newman's Own Organic Orange Dark Chocolate

Like I said: random. I was going to make my favorite bowl of oats but then thought this “sampler” platter was more fun. I still way prefer peanut butter on oatmeal than toast–it’s just better! And both of these cookies were still amazing after so much refrigeration, which made me happy. I’m definitely “rediscovering” my Newman’s Own Organic chocolate stash, which is dangerous since there’s a ton to rediscover.

This morning I didn’t have much of an excuse not to get up and go go go for a run. I set my sight on 12 miles and grabbed this bar.

Amazing Grass Whole Food Energy Bar

At 6:40, anything with the word energy is very welcomed. This flavor is OK, but I really prefer the chocolate or chocolate peanut butter(Could you imagine that? Me preferring chocolate and peanut butter? :-P ). I ended up eating half and saving the other part for another morning, though I must admit I hate the idea of having half a bar around and right now that’s the case with 2(!). After the 10th mile I had to stop; I just wasn’t feeling it and, while I could have “entertained myself” and gone another two miles with eating up the rest of the bar, I recognized this was a time when pushing myself was not a strengthener but would weaken me. Instead I stopped at 10 miles and 83:18, did my cool down, showered, and made a breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Maple Almond Butter And 2 Goji Almond Oat Cookies

Pumpkin Yogurt With Brown Sugar

Omnomnomnom. The oatmeal was such a great bowl of antioxidants, healthy fats, and flavors. And I forgot how simple yet worth it raw sugar on yogurt can taste. Maybe that’s a good thing I forgot since sugar isn’t exactly the most nutritious thing but some granolas are practically 100% sugar anyhow so I just got rid of the bulk ;-)

This morning I had a really positive interaction with my gym friend, Gail, that I thought I’d share. She told me that she saw me from her office window yesterday and wanted to compliment me on my leather jacket.

Firenze Leather Jacket

Spiffy, no? I got it in Italy the summer after 9th grade and now that it fits me better I find it so comfortable to wear. I also corrected her in thinking that my name was Ian; it felt a little awkward to address but I knew it’d be only more awkward with time and that it was better to correct a problem like this at the beginning. I think I’m going to make it my goal to compliment someone today. If such a simple and little thing can brighten someone’s morning, why not do it, right?

Who doesn’t love a tofu giveaway?

Amazing giveaway at Averie’s blog

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  1. Chelsea Ward 04. Dec, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    That jacket is amazing and a keeper for life. Nothing like authentic, Italian leather. I love Tikka Masal Simmer sauce. It’s serves as a great rub for chicken breasts too.

    Pumpkin yogurt and brown sugar? Vanilla yogurt and sun drops? Boy, you know how to do yogurts up right!

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  2. Meggilizz 04. Dec, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    AMAZING JACKET!!!!!!! :D

    Did you conjure the pumpkin-yogurt yourself or buy it pre-mixed somewheres?? nommy-nom-nom!!!

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  3. Katie 04. Dec, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Yogurt + Sundrops, yes please!

    I’d love for you to check outmy blog – giveaway coming and workout songs!

    http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/

    Katie

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  4. Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) 04. Dec, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    You set such a good example – you run lots of miles, but you also fuel properly. Keep up the good work!! Too many runners are afraid to EAT, but in the end under-fueling will only hurt performance. I love your oatmeal and yogurt creations – those chopped up chocolate covered peanuts look yummy :-)

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  5. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 04. Dec, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    so glad you figured that out! same thing happened to me i tell ya, and I havent tried the ‘right’ kind yet, too scared for now lol :)

    I tried the lime zevia yesterday, it was ok, I think i was expecting it to taste like sprite and i was WAY off, the cola is up next…so far I love the black cherry (love all things black cherry) and root beer mmmm

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  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is 04. Dec, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    I love that you put brown sugar in the yogurt. That sounds really good!

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  7. ksgoodeats 04. Dec, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Your chocolate peanut butter additions to the yogurt reminds me of M&M flurries – YUM! Happy Friday!!

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  8. Jenny 04. Dec, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    leather jackets are timeless! I just bought one this year and wear it all day every day :)

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  9. tangerinesandmarmalade 04. Dec, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Hey I just found your blog! That tikka masala looks awesome – and all you used for cooking was a microwave? I need to take some tips from ya!

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  10. VeggieGirl 04. Dec, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    “I think from now on instead of hear about the 25 reasons I could be dying from WebMD I’ll just ask the blogger world. ”

    Hahaha I’m the same way now ;)

    GORGEOUS jacket!!

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  11. marathonmaiden 04. Dec, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    webmd = the devil. it tells me i’m dying every day haha. yum pumpkin yogurt! sounds like it’d be weird at first but wouldn’t take long to get used to :)

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  12. Graze With Me 04. Dec, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    I was wondering about that persimmon incident, I knew there were two kinds. I had the same reaction with a not-so-ripe fig. I still can’t bring myself to try another one!

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  13. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 04. Dec, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Thanks for the linkage back!

    Where do you get your milk chocolate covered peanuts? I know I could get any kind of choc nut at WF or mail order….I havent even checked, TJ’s probably has something close….hmmm….

    That Tikka Masala sauce! Funny story, when I was living in San Diego I joined an uber local food coop and as a new coop member, we were given a handful of trinkets. That sauce was one of them! My hubs despises curry, even the smell. So I gave away the sauce to a friend and never even tried it. Mild, hmm. Glad I did, I like things Spicy!!!!
    :)

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I got those chocolate peanuts from the Whole Foods bulk bins. Surprising, chocolate covered peanuts is one item that Trader Joe does NOT carry. They have almonds and pretty much everything else, just not chocolate covered peanuts, and it’s awful

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  14. MelissaNibbles 04. Dec, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Your yogurt looks like a DQ Blizzard!

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  15. eatingmachine 04. Dec, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    webmd is the devil. when i don’t feel good at night i keep pouting till my fiance gets me a laptop to check if i’m dying.

    and i love the sample platter of sweets!

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  16. Lynn @ The Actors Diet 04. Dec, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    all we are saying is give persimmons a chance!

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  17. Errign 04. Dec, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Seeds of change makes really good microwaveable rice too (I reviewed the brown rice & quinoa but the plain brown rice is pretty awesome too)!

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  18. Saima 04. Dec, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Evan–Tikka masala is most commonly used as a chicken rub!! mebbe next time you could try finding ‘chaat masala’…even a little bit adds in a lotta flavor!

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